Monday, February 8, 2010

Chilcotin Holidays

Wolf Calling before Dawn with our wildlife guide

February is prime time for wolf calling. This experience is very exciting and one of a kind. Here is what our guest, Anna, wrote about what she experienced here at the ranch:

“The wildlife guide let out a long, drawn out, mournful howl. There was a minute of silence, and then we heard a responding howl coming from the pack’s alpha male. His howl echoed between the mountain peaks. The wildlife guide copied the lead wolf’s howl, and again after a minute of silence we got an answer. This time the whole pack opened up with different pitches and tones. “The choir is ready”, said the guide and he imitated the lead wolf again and the pack stroke up in unison. They sang longer than the last time and each successive exchange is more vocal and lasts longer. The guide was really getting them going! “Now it's your turn”, the wildlife guide said. I had heard the exchanges for about half and hour but I didn't think I could do the call or get them to respond. “Go ahead”, the wildlife guide urged me. I gave it a go.
My call came out more high pitched and didn't last as long as what I had been hearing. I was sure they wouldn’t respond, but in less than a minute, their response came back as strong as before. The whole choir was present over the next half hour. I perfected my tone and timing and was feeling like part of the pack myself.
As daylight broke the wolf pack got less responsive and then finally quit all together. We had been exchanging calls for over an hour. The amazing thing is we were standing less than 100 meters from the ranch house! The snow was falling and I was so entranced by the howl of the wolves. I completely forgot where I was! What an experience!”

Anna

January 31, 2010, Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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